Centrale des syndicats du Québec
|Full name||Quebec House of Labour|
|Native name||Centrale des syndicats du Québec|
|Key people||Réjean Parent, president|
|Office location||Montreal, Québec|
It was founded in 1946 as the result of the merger of three previous federations as the Corporation générale des instituteurs et institutrices catholiques de la province de Québec (General Corporation of Catholic Teachers in the Province of Quebec). Léo Guindon was its first president.
It changed its name in 1967 to Corporation des enseignants du Québec (Teachers Corporation of Quebec), and then again in 1974 when it officially became a labour union to Centrale des enseignants du Québec (Quebec Teachers' House of Labour). It finally became the Centrale des syndicats du Québec in 2000 to acknowledge the fact that its membership base had expanded beyond teaching professions.
Still, of almost 175,000 members, over 100,000 are workers in the field of education, most working in the public sector. 69% of its members are women. Accordingly, the CEQ was the first Quebec trade union to appoint a woman (Lorraine Pagé) as its president, in 1988.
Currently, the Centrale des syndicats du Québec acts as a liaison for the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation.
- CSQ homepage (mostly in French)